Monthly Archives: May 2022

The “Happenstance” of Sobriety

A happenstance is defined simply as a chance encounter. Some happenstances we remember for a lifetime, others we forget quickly, and then there are those few that miraculously change our lives forever. Here’s the story of a miraculous happenstance that ricocheted through history, saving the lives of millions — even my own. It began with a man named Rowland Hazzard. Rowland was born In 1881 … Continue reading The “Happenstance” of Sobriety »


Marshall McLuhan reminds us — some people navigate their way around life using only their rear view mirror. “The past went that-a-way. When faced with a totally new situation, they tend always to attach themselves to the objects, to the flavor of the most recent past. We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”  Why? A while back … Continue reading Why? »

Temperament Counts For A Lot

“He possesses a second rate intellect but a first rate temperament.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes This quote by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was in reference to Franklin Roosevelt, and summarizes precisely why President Roosevelt was the best hope America had to survive the trials facing the country in 1932. Holmes was a judicial legend who spent 30 years on the Supreme … Continue reading Temperament Counts For A Lot »